As Peter wraps up his final words to the church, he says we must be diligent in what we believe and how we obey. Listen as Pastor Nate Harlan brings his series on Peter’s epistles to a close. Listen above, download the audio file here, or watch the YouTube video below: Photo by Abby Savage on Unsplash
What does the Apostle Peter mean by “the day of the Lord”? It’s a pressing question because the answer helps us determine what kind of people we should be.
God has not promised that our lives will continue tomorrow. We live before Him day by day. The only way to be prepared for death is to trust in Christ now. Listen above, download the audio file here, or watch on YouTube: Photo by Max LaRochelle on Unsplash
False teachers distort the gospel by saying freedom in Christ means freedom to gratify sinful desires. But true freedom means being truly free to be faithful to Christ rather than to be enslved to sin. Pastor Nate Harlan continues his series on 2 Peter.
False doctrine always originates with false teachers. False teachers all share two characteristics: They are puffed up with knowledge yet are easily deceived. Hear Pastor Nate Harlan preach on this section of 2 Peter that helps us avoid falling under the sway of false teachers.
God judges the wicked. As the apostle Peter describes three instances of God’s wrath in the Old Testament, we are reminded that we all deserve the same end. In this sermon, Pastor Nate Harlan tells us we must flee to Christ to escape God’s wrath.
One of the strongest warnings in the New Testement is the Apostle Peter’s about false prophets. Pastor Nate Harlan says Christians must recognize the three ways false teachers lie so they can protect themselves.
Our natural inclination is to not believe the Word of God. But the Apostle Paul wants us to remember that unless God speaks to us, we live in absolute darkness.
The Apostle Peter bases his authority, at least in part, on the fact that he is an eyewitness to Christ’s life — especially the Transfiguration. As Pastor Nate Harlan asserts, Peter’s eyewitness testimony does not put God to the test. Rather, God puts us to the test.
Is it possible to know that you are elect? In this passage, the Apostle Peter says yes. In this challeging and encouraging sermon, Pastor Nate Harlan says God wants His children to be sure about His loving intentions toward them.
Do you care how useful you are to the Lord? Do you have a desire to bear good fruit for Him? Pastor Nate Harlan steps through the seven qualities the Apostle Peter mentions that we should see growing in ourselves and in each other.
Christian, whenever you think that you cannot repent or that you cannot change, you must remember the promises given to us through the Apostle Peter. Pastor Nate Harlan reminds us that we have become partakers of the divine nature and have escaped from the corruption in the world.
How precious are God’s promises to you? Pastor Nate Harlan says we should examine the way we live our lives to be sure that we desire God’s promises above all else.
Pastor Nate Harlan opens his sermon series on 2 Peter by telling us the Apostle Peter’s chief concern in this epistle is Christ’s mediatorial work. Everything God gives us comes through Jesus.
We are family in Christ. Thus, we Christians should follow the example of the apostles in their affection for the Church and her members. Pastor Nate Harlan gives us the details in his last sermon from 1 Peter.
Do you doubt God’s goodness? That’s a fall into unbelief. You can and must depend upon the grace of God, which will never fail. Pastor Nate Harlan continues his series on 1 Peter.
We are at constant war with spiritual forces. If you are not actively resisting Satan, then you are being used by him. Pastor Nate Harlan instructs us how we are tempted to succomb — and how we can successfully resist.
Worry is sin, an indulgence of the flesh that makes you angry and selfish. Thankfully, God provides a way out of worry: Believe that God cares for you. Pastor Nate Harlan leads us through The Apostle Peter’s encouraging words.
Humility is the chief way that we’re protected from the devil. And humility entails submitting to the God-ordained authorities in your life. Pastor Nate Harlan tells us about the necessity of a particular church in the life of the Christian.
In this passage, the Apostle Peter directly addresses pastors; in fact, Peter tells the entire church what is required of the church’s shepherds. As Pastor Nate Harlan notes, it is essential for the church to understand these truths so that we all can know what to expect of our elders.
When we suffer, we are tempted to doubt God’s goodness. But Pastor Nate Harlan points to the words of the Apostle Peter to remind us that we must trust that God has good intentions toward us personally.
History is going to culminate in the judgment of all men. We need to live accordingly. Pastor Nate Harlan walks us through the words and warnings of the Apostle Peter.
Modern preachers of the gospel don’t often put an emphasis on suffering, trouble, and loss. But the apostle Peter says suffering is essential to what it means to be a Christian. Hear Pastor Nate Harlan tell us three reasons this is the case.
How does our baptism equip us to face suffering for the sake of Christ? Pastor Nate Harlan works through this controversial passage to show what baptism does in the life of the Church — and what baptism does not do.
The intent of this passage is to encourage and equip Christians as they face hostility from the unbelieving world. But why does Peter bring up Noah? So that Christ can show us that He is the one who rescues us, and the Church is our ark.
The Apostle Peter’s goal with this passage is to give the Christian courage to speak the truth in the name of Jesus. Pastor Nate Harlan reminds us that the bedrock of courage is loyalty to King Jesus. Listen above or download the audio file here. Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash
How do we show care and concern for the greater body of Christ without compromise? It comes down to this difficult assignment: We should love the Church the same way that Jesus does. Pastor Nate Harlan continues his sermon series from 1 Peter.
The Apostle Peter undeniably connects a husband’s relationship with his wife to his relationship to God. In fact, how husbands treat their wives is a direct reflection of what they really think about God. Pastor Nate Harlan digs into this verse for all of its ramifications.
How you dress is a spiritual exercise. We should not believe that how we dress has nothing to do with our faith for our clothing reveals what is in our heart. In this portion of his first epistle, the Apostle Peter instructs the ladies of the church on how to think about clothing.
In today’s unbelieving society, it can be tempting for Christians to be embarrassed by the Apostle Peter’s directive for wives to submit to their husbands. But as Pastor Nate Harlan says, these commands for wives are glorious.
Since the time of the apostles, Christians have faced unjust hostility from the unbelieving world. But how are we to respond? The Apostle Peter shows us that we are to conduct ourselves like our Lord Jesus did when He faced unjust suffering.
How can we honor a government that refuses to honor God? That is the question the Apostle Peter addresses in this section of his epistle. The answer is that in everything we do, we are to live as a slave to God.
When God’s people question their identity in Christ, we can fall into doubt, hopelessness, and even outright sin. Pastor Nate Harlan reminds us of what we have received from God so that we will live lives that are consistent with that identity.
What is the church? And what is her purpose? The Apostle Peter tells us that the church is the true living temple, and thus, God’s people are always in the presence of God. Hear Pastor Nate Harlan’s sermon on 1 Peter 2:4-8.
The Apostle Peter’s directions to the church are so simple: Stop doing those sins! Long for pure spiritual milk! Pastor Nate Harlan helps to fill out the meaning of these straightforward verses in 1 Peter.
The primary fruit of the second birth is not pure doctrine. It’s love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. And in the shadow of the cross, love often means suffering for them.
Why has Christ ransomed His people? It is not so we can rest on our laurels. Instead, we are ransomed so that we may be holy, for we owe Christ our trust, loyalty, and obedience.
God does not expect us to make a blind leap of faith in Jesus. Instead, He points us to what He has done in history. Christians trust Jesus because He has fulfilled every prophecy He proclaimed.
When we face trials, we often ask God, why? Why does a good God subject His children with difficulties? God doesn’t give us specifics, but He offers the general answer right here in 1 Peter. Hear the encouraging word from Pastor Nate Harlan.
Being a Christian is difficult because of the hostility we face and because of our own sin. But if you feel like giving up, you are looking for hope in the wrong place. The Apostle Peter points us instead to the grace shown to us in Christ.
This world is hostile to Christ the King. Inevitably, that hostility is applied to His servants. In the face of this hostility, what is the source of our peace? The unconditional love and grace of God the Father for His people.